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Chemutai Eyes Gold in 3000m Steeplechase Finals

Chemutai will compete against the world’s best steeplechase runners who include Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng, Bahrain’s Winfred Yavi and the United States, Emma Coburn.
Uganda's Peruth Chemutai led most of th laps. Courtesy Picture

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Uganda’s steeplechase athlete, Peruth Chemutai is hopeful for a medal in the 3000m steeplechase category at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. 

 

On Sunday Chemutai 22, produced one of the best performances after she finished second in heat one at the Olympics stadium in Tokyo. Chemutai 22 posted a season-best of 9:12:72 slightly behind Bahrain’s Winfred Yavi who won the race in a time of 9:10:80 under the hot temperatures down in Tokyo.

After reaching the finals, Chemutai who holds the National Record in the 3000m steeplechase says her next target is winning gold in the race.

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Chemutai will compete against the world’s best steeplechase runners who include Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng, Bahrain’s Winfred Yavi and the United States, Emma Coburn. The race will take place under the scorching Tokyo sun. Chemutai will also have to bear with the high temperature if she is to finish in the top three.

Dorcus Inzikuru remains the most successful steeplechase athlete in the 3000m category, she won three Gold medals including the 2005 World Championships, 2005 World Athletics Final, Gold and 2006 Commonwealth Games. 

Chemutai holds the National Record in the 3000m steeplechase which stands at 9:07:94. She came into the race ranked 10th globally.

Two years ago Chemutai finished 5th at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha Qatar, where she posted 9:11.08. If she wins any medal, she will write history as the first-ever Ugandan woman to win an Olympic medal. 

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